It is a common misconception that homelessness could be completely eradicated if we simply provided enough temporary and permanent housing to those in need. Our comprehensive approach to ending homelessness is realized through the implementation of our programs. Each program is designed to help those experiencing homelessness address underlying issues such as addiction, mental health issues, disabling physical conditions, legal issues, displacement, etc. And in addition to addressing complex issues, New Directions’ programs equip and empower our clients to overcome barriers, helping them to gain employment, housing, reunite with family, and ultimately, regain their self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to reintegrate into society.
30 Day Program
Day 1 - Day 30
Homeless and those in need with no other options can stay in our shelter and receive a bed, meals, and laundry through the 30 Day Program. During the first 30 days, new clients will complete our intake process, and work together with case management to:
Determine the need for identifying documents and begin working on obtaining them
Prepare to enter our Back To Life Program, Program D, or go to recovery through The Opioid Initiative
Identify barriers that may prevent client from accessing housing, gaining employment, or participating in normal activities of daily living
Back To Life
Day 30 - day 90
Clients in Back To Life Program work with case management to address and overcome possible underlying issues of their homelessness. Addiction, physical or mental illness, divorce, separation from family, or domestic violence, can cause a loss of employment, housing, and subsequently, homelessness. New Directions’ Back To Life is designed to help our clients confront and overcome those underlying issues through counseling, training, workshops, and personal growth opportunities. Back To Life also prepares our clients to re-enter the workforce through job training and extensive personal skills development. Through our partnerships with many local employers we are able to assist many of our clients with temporary and permanent employment. This aspect of our Back to Life program is integral for many to overcome homelessness.
During Back To Life, clients and case management work together to:
Assess the need for services from referral agencies (such as physical and mental health issues)
Determine concerns or potential issues with health, financial, or legal issues* that could prevent a client from getting “back to life”
Complete one of the following programs: Job Skills Program, Federal Bonding, or Train to Work MB
Complete job applications, attend interviews, and secure employment
Identify barriers for transportation to work
Upon completion of these goals and gaining employment, clients move into our Work Stay program.
*If client has legal issues barring them from potential employment, housing, or other assistance, they are referred Homeless Court.
**If client has a transportation barrier and is physically able to ride a bike, they are referred to The Rolling Forward Project.
New Directions For Families
Combined with our Back To Life & Work Stay Programs, New Directions For Families works to address further challenges that homeless families with children might face such as access to dependable child care and education for their children through the Horry County School system. Our case management team works with the parents and guardians of minors under 18 in Family Shelter to give their children their best life possible by:
Helping parents secure placement for their children in day care so they are able to work
Ensuring school age children are enrolled and attend school
Partnering with agencies who provide services to families and children to enrich their parenting, education, and overall well-being
Day 90 - day 180
Clients in our Work Stay program have successfully reentered the workforce and will continue to develop their personal and life skills. As a client enters this final phases of their stay with New Directions’, we begin to explore temporary or permanent housing solutions. Our dedicated in-house case managers are on hand to speak with each client and help them navigate the re-integration process.
During Work Stay, clients will:
Maintain a job
Undergo financial planning
Open a savings account
Look into housing options
day 30 - 180
Clients placed in Program D will work together with case management to:
Begin Disability process if they are not currently on Disability
Begin Vocational Rehab or SC Works’ Ticket To Work Program
Identify barriers for transportation
program partnership with Myrtle beach municipal court
Homeless Court is a voluntary diversion program for homeless, those at-risk of homelessness, or those who have recently been homeless, providing an alternative to jail time or fines for misdemeanor offenses that occurred within the City of Myrtle Beach. The court, which held its first session in March 2019, has helped clients with a criminal history regain access to employment, housing, and the community.
The Rolling Forward Project
Program partnership with coastal carolina university sociology department
In Fall 2017, CCU Sociology students, under the leadership of Dr. Stephanie Southworth and Dr. Sara Brailler, created and conducted a survey of New Directions’ client to identify potential barriers that prevent them from getting “Back To Life”. The #1 barrier identified by our clients was transportation and in response to the results of the survey, Dr. Southworth wrote a grant with the idea of providing bikes, helmets, locks, and bike racks for our clients. In July 2018, The Rolling Forward Project was born, providing bike transportation for clients at our shelters.
Thanks to the generous support of Coastal Carolina University and the efforts of Dr. Southworth and Dr. Brailler, The Rolling Forward Project gets our clients where they need to go, all while helping them develop self-sufficiency and experience freedom.
The Opioid Initiative
program partnership with the city of myrtle beach
The Opioid Initiative provides persons who are struggling from Opioid Use Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, and/or Alcohol Use Disorder the resources for individual empowerment. We utilize a Certified Peer Support Specialist who is also a Certified Recovery Dynamics Provider to work as the coordinator to make sure individuals’ needs are met. Through the Opioid Initiative, clients in our shelters, as well as other individuals, have been connected to detoxification, recovery, and have received help with placement into a treatment facility.
The Center for Counseling and Wellness
The Center for Counseling and Wellness offers out-patient mental health and addiction counseling, resourcing our homeless clients with professionally licensed counselors to help them deal with mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational issues. The Center for Counseling and Wellness’ mission is to move individuals to a more productive, healthy, and independent lifestyle by providing hope and healing through use of evidence based practices.